We call it “einkorn” but across the world, Triticum monococcum has many names, and that’s no surprise since it’s the world’s most primitive form of wheat.
Here are the names we’ve collected:
- einkorn (German)
- small spelt (Italian)
- farro piccolo (Italian)
- engrain (French)
- Le petit épautre (French)
- tiphe (Greek)
- siyez (Turkish)
- sifon (Hebrew)
The list of names is significant because each has a meaning that weaves einkorn’s history through many cultures and regions including the family dinner table, pharaoh’s grain stores, Otzi’s hunting trail, and the fields of family farmers now and from centuries past. We’d like to help bring these traditions and stories to life.
In Italy, the family dinner table of a century ago would include farro for dinner. Farro is a term that refers to one of the 3 primary hulled wheats, emmer, spelt, and einkorn distinguished respectively as farro medio, farro grande, and farro piccolo.
In France, Le petit épautre brings a stronger and wilder taste, unique to the einkorn available in that region. **Update: Andrew, a farmer in France, says petit épautre has a “sweet walnut flavour”
Do you have another name for einkorn, or a story about one of the names we have listed? Please share in the comments below!
Source: Padulosi,S. ; Hammer,K.; Heller,J.(1996): Hulled wheats. 1995
This is a great article on einkorn. Thanks for sharing! My wife and I run a small farm in Provence where we grow “petit epeautre”, the one with that “stronger, wilder taste”. I find it has a sweet walnut flavour actually. We produce both the grain and stone ground flour (whole or without bran), as well as bran. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking to try some! Bon appetit! – Andrew
So you have flour ready to buy? How can I get some?
Hi Janet, I’ll send you an email about this. Thanks!
Please sent what ever info you may thank is helpful. Thanks, Bob Woods
I might also be interested as my family is trying to go wheat free because of the modified wheat. Please send me info also.
ok email sent
I just finished reading ‘wheat belly’ an am looking for a source for einkorn, thanks for any information you can share, linda
Hi Linda, I will email you with more information. As always, you can check out our prices here on our website too: http://www.einkorn.com/where-to-buy-einkorn/
Please send me that email as well.. Thanks
Hi Andrew . Im a small scale baker , miller and grain grower in Strathbogie , Vic, Australia . Ive been reading a lot about Einkorn , and am facinated by your ‘Petit Epeautre’. Im intrested in growing it here in Australia . Small scale . we have a fairly high rain fall 1000ml , are up at 550 metres and often have frosts in late spring . I guess the questions are .. Would it suit our climate and copuld i buy some seed grain of you [Got to bring it via our vigourous food imports in Australia ] I guess im looking at up to 20 kg to get me started on an acre or so .
Hi there, was just wondering how you got on importing einkorn into Australia? I would also like to try growing some for our families use.
No progress on Australia…
Hi Sim, I am growing spelt (Grand Épeautre) in Québec Canada. Would like to know where are you up to with your Petit Épeutre (Einkon).
Best Regrds from snow country, Marcel
How have you gone with this, Sim? I’m in QLD and I’d like some of the einkorn grain as well. I’m finding no luck in finding it here anywhere.
Please tell me how to purchase ground einkorn wheat from you! Thanks so much! [email protected]
I am planning a trip to France this summer and would love to come see your petit épautre crop. I have a website EverydayDishes.com where we are starting to convert our most popular recipes to include Einkorn. I am ravenously learning about this grain and would love the opportunity to visit you in France. I am also going to visit the Jovial farm in Italy as well.
This is so exciting.
ANDREW , I ALSO HAVE A VERY SMALL FARM I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME SEEDS TO PLANT A PATCH ( 500 SQ FEET ) TO TRY HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA , IS THIS TIME STILL OK TO PLANT IT? OR TOO LATE ALREADY?
LUIS. [email protected]. thanks.
Large batch, unfortunately dry, disappointing after trusting the recipe
Hi Leland, what recipe did you make? I’d be happy to help you trouble shoot.
Can I get email or contact Andrew for some openions if so plz help
also would be interested in more information on the petit epeautre,
Thanks for the information! I too am interested in trying some of this grain and how it differs from others I’ve had.
who told you sifon is the nme for einkorn in herbrew… to my knowledge sifon means Rye…. just thought you should know…
Sifon, as a name for Einkorn, came from here: http://www.einkorn.com/Hulled_Wheats_1995.
To really make this healthy, it needs to be baked right after it is ground into flour. Flour starts to oxidate within three days of being ground and it loses vital nutrients, particularly vitamin E. Another good practice is to sprout the wheat before making the bread.
What does it mean to sprout the wheat?
I would be interested in more information on the petit epeautre, as well!
We are looking to obtain seeds and product ready to use whole grains and flour. My dad tells me do not under any circumstances eat the new wheat as it is killing us.
My family and I have switched to Einkorn wheat after reading the book, Lose the wheat, lose the weight. I found jovial and their product comes from Italy. They have wheat berries, flour, pasta and more. We have found an improvement in our health since we have been off of GMO wheat!
Is there anyone yet in Australia that bought it from you.I did try to buy it off your website and I just cant.
Jen, we have been unable to successfully delivery einkorn to Australia.
To my knowledge Einkorn is einkorn and spelt is spelt, and so on.
Einkorn is the only wheat variety on Earth that has 2 sets of 7 chromosomes each (male and female) which indicates a completely unhybridized state. All other wheat including “Ancient” have been hybridized.
Yes, Sarah, that is correct. To be einkorn, it must be 2 sets of 7 chromosomes (male and female).
Hi I am from Australia
can you send this over here yet and if not, do you know why and is there anything we aussies can do to help?
Eleanor, we appreciate your question. We are currently looking for retailers in Australia so if you know of one, it would be great if you could have them contact us and apply for our wholesale program.
Hi. I have been searching high and low for Einkorn in New Zealand but it doesn’t seem to exist. Are you able to seems to NZ? I know of so many people here who would buy it but it just doesn’t seem to be available. Any advice?
You mentioned you have a wholesale program. My husband and I are in the process of setting up ams online store selling products that are good for health in particular tummy health. What are your wholesale requirements and minimum product quantities?
Sarah, we do ship to New Zealand. Also, if you’re interested in the wholesale option, you’ll just need to fill out this application and we’ll get in touch with you about the specifics of that.
Hi Sarah- did you have any success with ordering Elkhorn to nz by any chance? I am looking for some now….
I know this is a very old post however, I am in Provence and would love to know if you are near me so I can buy some epeautre from you.
Love to know.
Ps Admin if this is ok with you only!
Thank you for making this beautiful site.
Please note that Sifon שיפון in Hebrew is Rye.
Einkorn has no Hebrew word.